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Primetime Emmy Awards

Playback Innovations today announced that it's server control system was used to coordinate and playback all of the screen elements for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The Pi control system, was used to coordinate and playback all of the on-set elements in this very complex screen show for a worldwide audience.

Pi was able to orchestrate a 100% tapeless workflow from content creation to ultimate high-resolution playback. All of the content destined for the screens was created by Mighty Dots using a combination of Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro utilizing the Apple ProRes 422 codec. The resulting high definition ProRes 422 QuickTime movies were delivered directly to the EVS XT[2] playback servers.

Content was delivered to Playback Innovations by Mighty Dots before the show setup began, so that a majority of the real time on-site digitizing was eliminated, resulting in a significant time and labor savings to the production. Changes are a fact of life at these high profile broadcasts, and so to better accommodate the time critical nature of these changes, Playback Innovations established a networked "drop folder", which allowed the on-site artists to revise content as required and, by simply dropping the new material into a specified folder, move the new content directly to the EVS XT[2] playback server without any intervention required on the part of the playback operator. The Pi control system would automatically scan the EVS servers for newly arrived content, date stamping each new arrival for ease in identifying the latest versions.

Playback Innovations founder Jon Aroesty said, "The promise of an end to end Tapeless workflow has been in the air for quite some time. The problem has always been pulling together the various pieces from different vendors to achieve this goal. The Playback Innovations system provides an easy to deploy, simple to use system that will allow productions to finally realize the cost and efficiency benefits that are possible."


Playback Innovations has developed a state of the art, purpose-built control system, known in the industry as Pi Control, for multi channel server control.  Depending upon your specific needs, Pi can be used for direct Play To Air and/or for Screens Content.

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With our proven solutions and extensive experience, Playback Innovations Media Management Services allows you to easily make the transition to a tapeless environment today.

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